Los Cristanos to Vilaflor summit – Tenerife

Los Cristanos to Vilaflor summit – Tenerife

This is one of the best routes on Tenerife, with superb views all day long. It takes you from the coast, high into the mountains, to the village of Vilaflor, the highest village on the island of Tenerife – just south of the Mt.Teide volcano. The village has a really nice, small square, a wonderful historic chapel, and some super places to get refreshments. It’s a great day riding, taking on some classic roads, and with breathtaking views along the way.

Route Information

Stats  55 km  1, 353 metres

Refreshments & Where to Stay

Los Cristianos is a good sized resort, well known for  watersports, and has a wealth of places to stay and to eat at. Situated on the SW of Tenerife, it’s also well placed for the airport and has lots of accommodation options. There’s definitely choices for all budgets. At Vilaflor, the Los Cipreses De La Casa Inglesa sells a good selction of local food options and has a great reputation.

Character

It’s a day for climbing, with a road that rises steadily throughout the first half of the ride, but then returns your had work, with epic descending to finish. Make sure that you’re cycling fit before taking on this route.


Route

  1. From Los Cristianos, take the road to La Camella, climbing steadily as the road narrows and heads into the mountains.
  2. At 12 km you reach the village of Granadilla de Abona, after which the road steepens and wends its way left and north  for 6 km to  La Martela. Tight switchback climbs come frequently, but its a steady gradient – just stay hydrated.
  3. Vilaflor de Chasna village, and the summit of the day is reached after 20 km of cycling, and it’s time for a rest and refreshments.
  4. Descend with care on the road via Trevejos and La Escalona, enjoying a 14 km descent back to the coast. Care needs to be taken descending.

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